Watchman Cornelius Mooney

Watchman Cornelius Mooney

Philadelphia Police Department, Pennsylvania

End of Watch Saturday, May 25, 1850

Cornelius Mooney

Watchman Cornelius Mooney was shot with a musket while putting out a bonfire that had been lit in a vacant lot at the corner of Eighth Street and Fitzwater Street.

He had just taken a prisoner to the watchhouse and was returning to his beat when he saw the fire. He entered the vacant lot in an area that a fence had been torn down and began to put it out when someone standing by the fence fire a musket at him, striking him in the head. He was taken to a hospital where he died.

Watchman Mooney was a veteran of the Cadwalader Grays, a militia created in preparation for the Mexican-American War that became part of the First Pennsylvania Regiment.


  • Age 29
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Musket
  • Offender Not available

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Time may have passed but you are not forgotten. I believe as long as someone remembers you or speaks your name, you are still with us.
Thank you for your heroism.
God Bless

Detention Officer A.Zambito

May 25, 2015

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